Before rehearsals started up for “Much Ado About Nothing,” we sat down with Artistic Director George Mount to get his thoughts on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season. “Know Thyself” is the organizing idea behind all of the play choices this year. Find out why George chose the plays he did and learn about some of the artists involved.
It’s hard to believe, but Kelly Kitchens, even with her deep love of Shakespeare, wasn’t all that drawn to The Tempest. Yet, it ‘s a play that kept coming back to her and asking her to explore it. “It’s a play that’s not done with me yet,” she said. Kelly’s directing The Tempest for Wooden O this summer. Take 5 minutes and listen to what she thinks about the play now.
In order to create the world of Love’s Labour’s Lost, director Jon Kretzu drew upon the music and culture of the late 1920s. He likens that period of time to being a “dreamlike period and people were living in a dream before reality sort of crashed down of them.” Listen to Jon as he talks about the music of Cole Porter, the artwork of Cecil Beaton, the film Brideshead Revisted and so much more that he used to establish the setting for Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Amy Thone and Hans Altwies play the two epic lovers in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. Ironically, the two met while performing in a Shakespeare play and have gone on to share the stage playing opposite one another quite often. Find out how they each go about finding the roles and the challenges along the way.
At the center of Antony and Cleopatra is “a terrific love story and a mature love story, and a really, really passionate love story,” said director John Langs to the 50+ people gathered at the first rehearsal for the show. He gave us all a taste of what’s to come in the show which runs for 16 performances November 1st through the 18th. Listen in and get excited!